Tag Archives: Tom Johnson

A surprise encounter: Nelson Mandela

Imagine walking out a door and unexpectedly coming face to face with Nelson Mandela. That’s what happened to me in South Africa in 1990 – one of the biggest and best surprises of my life. Only months earlier Mandela had … Continue reading

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Flashback: 1991 Soviet press credential

In 1991, I obtained this USSR government-issued press credential in Moscow just after the botched coup attempt to oust Mikhail Gorbachev as the Soviet leader. CNN President Tom Johnson and I teamed up with our Moscow-based colleagues to snag the … Continue reading

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Mideast Encounters: Nine Prime Ministers, Two Presidents, Two Kings, Two Queens, One First Lady, One First Daughter, and One First Son

During my decades criss-crossing the Middle East, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet many of the region’s most remarkable, famous, and infamous characters. Here are a few of them. Missing from these photos: meetings with Israeli Prime … Continue reading

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